Michael French was born Michael Clark in Bow, London, in September 1962. He appeared in school productions and shows put on by a local drama club. When he was 20, French worked as an entertainer at the Holiday Club International in Majorca. When he returned to Britain, at the age of 22, French got his first acting break in the musical Godspell at the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford, Essex. He spent the next three years touring in small productions before becoming disillusioned with his lack of success and taking a job as an air steward for British Airways. Later, French quit his job with British Airways, began studying acting at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated in 1992.In 1993, an EastEnders casting agent saw him performing in Les Misérables in London's West End and he was cast as David Wicks in the BBC soap opera EastEnders. He appeared in EastEnders between 1993 and 1996, and later reprised his role in 2012 for the departure of Pam St Clement who played his on-screen mother Pat Butcher, and again between 2013 and 2014. He also starred as Nick Jordan in Casualty and its spin-off programme Holby City, between 1998 and 2000, returning to the role in Casualty between 2006 and 2013.Other television work included Crime Traveller (1997), and Born and Bred (2002-2004) His other theatre work included Sacred Heart (1999), Art (2000), Chicago (2004), and The Sound of Music (2014).
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